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State unveils plan to better prevent and respond to wildfire

Jan. 21, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state is months away from wildfire season, but Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the...

Predators beat Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette earns win No. 600

Jan. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Peter Laviolette and his goaltender had a lot in common — both were skillful in the art of deflecting. In Laviolette's case, it was too much of the credit after earning victory No. 600 as an NHL coach. "Tonight was a team win," the Predators coach said. On a milestone Monday for...

Predators beat Avalanche 4-1, Laviolette earns win No. 600

Jan. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped a penalty shot in making 35 saves and the Nashville Predators knocked off the reeling Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Monday to help Peter Laviolette capture win No. 600 of his NHL coaching career. Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson scored 1:34 apart in the second period, while...

Flood recovery program affected by government shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 2:07 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A program that helps people rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed in West Virginia's 2016 flood is being affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a statement from the West Virginia National Guard, which oversees the RISE...

Culpeper non-profit still helping hurricane victims

Jan. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Since autumn, it's been almost nonstop for the staff and volunteers of Christ In Action. Day after day, the Culpeper County-based charity has been helping survivors since mid-September, when forecasters predicted that Hurricane Florence would clobber the Carolinas. ... Since then, the...

Shutdown delays disaster relief for some N. Carolina farmers

Jan. 18, 2019 1:36 AM EST

CAPE FEAR, N.C. (AP) — The federal government shutdown is delaying disaster relief for some North Carolina farmers. The Fayetteville Observer reports the shutdown has mostly closed the federal Farm Service Agency responsible for a document required in farmer applications for state disaster relief. North...

California storm moving out after battering state for 3 days

Jan. 17, 2019 10:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The storm that pummeled much of California for three days began moving east Thursday after causing at least six deaths, forcing wildfire victims threatened by floods to flee their homes and plunging nearly 300,000 utility customers into darkness. The winter storm is forecast to unleash...

Red Sox manager Cora hedges on White House visit

Jan. 17, 2019 6:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island. Cora previously said he would...

Wildfire evacuees face deadline to move out of fairgrounds

Jan. 17, 2019 6:30 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are looking for more stable housing for roughly 600 people still sleeping at a Northern California fairground following a deadly wildfire last year. The Chico Enterprise-Record reports Thursday that a lease to operate an emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds ends...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...